Reports suggest that the world’s oldest man has just been discovered in South America, and it turns out he’s a bit of a player.
According to the Mirror Online, civil servants in Brazil claim they found the 131-year-old man living with his 62-year-old wife and a 16-year-old granddaughter in a remote village called Estirao do Alcantara.
If true, Joao Coelho de Souza would not only have a wife half his age, but he’d also officially be the oldest living man on the planet – the Guinness Book of Records currently recognises 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide from Japan as the oldest person alive.
Not only that, but de Souza would also take the record for the world’s longest living person – currently held by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died aged 122 in 1997.
The social security workers in the state of Acre have caused quite the stir with the revelation, posting a photo of the OAP alongside a birth certificate dated March 10 1884.
And, it doesn’t appear that old age has slowed this guy down too much, at least not if his 30-year-old daughter Cirlene Souza is anything to go by – by our reckoning, that would have made Joao 101 when she was born!
He has days when he is lucid but others when he doesn’t even recognise his children. He was very small when he came to work in Acre extracting rubber. He has been with my mum for more than 40 years and depends on others for everything.
You hear everything, people that criticise and say it’s a lie and others that admire the fact someone can live so long. It sometimes offends me because everything is documented and the documents have already been examined by experts at to see if they’d been falsified and nothing abnormal was found.
Cirlene said Joao suffered a stroke six years ago, but has continued to eat three times a day.
Kennedy Alfonso, the social worker who posted the photos of Joao and his birth certificate online, added:
I’ve asked one of his children if anyone’s interviewed him and to my astonishment no-one has yet. The question ‘where are our historians’ immediately springs to mind. According to a son he is still quite lucid and has a great story to tell. I present to you Jose Coelho de Souza, who came to Acre when he was 11.
I appeal to the state government and the local government in Sena Madureira to determine with the competent bodies whether this is true so they can claim a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the oldest man on the Earth. And he’s from our region.
Let’s hope the team from the Guinness Book of Records can get across to Joao’s village very soon and verify this one, because this is an incredible story!